Write, shoot and edit a thriller or horror short film for the Halloween-o-thon Film Competition

This years Halloween-O-Thon is writing itself. Register now and begin creating something truly unsettling. UPDATE: All films must be under 7 minutes and submitted by Friday, October 27 at 11:59pm! Feel free to be inspired by our theme, but don’t let it limit you. The only requirement is being frightening.

Our Spooktacular Showcase & Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 28 @ 5pm at JAM. Costumes heavily encouraged!

We will screen all of our submissions and conclude the night with a bone chilling ceremony of awards. Immediately following the awards ceremony will be WRJ’s Gory Daze Halloween Parade and Ball!

HOT 2023 Poster Final


Audience Choice Award: Chickens (2022)

Judges’ Choice Award: Killer Party (2023)

Spirit of the Assignment: Game Over (2023)

Best Story: Curses (2023)

Outstanding Ensemble: Chickens (2022)

Superior Sound Design: Ben is in the Basement (2023)

Exceptional Editing: Ben is in the Basement (2023)

Best Performance: Killer Party (2023)

Best Cinematography: Do You Understand? (2023)

Watch all 11 films and see their honorable mentions HERE



Audience Choice Award: Happy Birthday (2022)

Technical Triumph: Wendigo (2022) 

Spirit of the Assignment: Trick Treats (2022)

Spooktacular SFX: Wendigo (2022)

Superior Sound Design: Wendigo (2022)

Best Makeup/Costume Design: Hot Dog Day Afternoon (2022)

Stand Out Scene: Trick Treats (2022)

Best Line: Don’t Go There (2022)

Best Lead Actor: Happy Birthday (2022)

Outstanding Ensemble: Bug (2022)

Exceptional Editing: The Man Opener (2022)

Best Cinematography: Wendigo (2022)

Best Original Screenplay: Hot Dog Day Afternoon (2022)

Watch all 12 films and see their nominations HERE.